Friday, September 16, 2016

Hall of Fame ALMOST Finished

The image that tops off Sexy Lexi's all new Hall of Fame page.



Last month I came clean about how I dropped the ball with the Wu's Feet Links Hall of Fame (WFLHoF) after the 2015 class had been selected and announced. Well, I've been getting things done since then and am close to finalizing the new Wu's Feet Links Hall of Fame Blog. While not yet finished, I have published most of the members' pages for people to check out, enjoy, and critique. Those inductees include the following:

If you go through those inductee's pages you will be able to see a handful of things. I didn't want these pages just to have the person's name and hall of fame class. Even on Wu's older page he listed a couple of other items including links to their site and a couple of photos. This is what I have decided to go with on each page:

Name & Hall of Fame Class
This one is basic and doesn't really need to be mentioned, but each inductee's page is topped off with a large image and the person's name and year inducted. You'll also be able to see each class by year on the right side in the blog's archive. Luckily for me, Wu listed when he inducted his past members and I was able to backdate these entries to reflect that.

Basic Bio & Info.
With one exception so far (Wu), here is where you can find some basic information about the foot model you're browsing. Right now I have decided to include things such as shoe size, favorite types of shoes, whether her feet are ticklish, favorite foot fetish activities, and other fetish activities they're known for. To gather this information I used things such as past interviews, the model's sites, feature sets, and just common knowledge I have of these women.

Where things will be lacking, as it is with Wu's, is if a male producer or photographer is inducted. I guess it can be adapted to fit and other information can be placed. I will tackle that obstacle when it arrives. Sadly, however, the only thing I could really put for Wu is that he founded Wu's Feet Links. If you have any suggestions of other information that can be placed here on his, I'm all for it.

Online
Here you can find links to these models/producers sites, clip stores, social media accounts, and email addresses. In the case of some of the older inductees, I listed their site name, but put a "(defunct)" after it. I saw no point in linking to URL's that are no longer active, but I thought their former site names deserved to be mentioned.

In addition to these items, I thought it would be great to list any Wu's Feet Links related items such as feature galleries and interviews. For example, Erotic Nikki has both a 2003 Fan Interview and a more recent, 2015 Interview.

Sample Gallery
I knew all along I wanted to include some sample photos on each page. Again, Wu is a little left out here since he didn't star in any work, nor did he take photos himself. Since he just ran one amazing site, I didn't know what to do here for him. With the models, however, I obviously just found photos of them online and made a gallery for each. But not for everyone... yet!

I say "yet" because I am at a loss for finding a handful of good photos for some of these models. This is the biggest reason why a few inductees pages are not yet online. If anyone has some older photo archives of the following people, could you please share them with me?
  • Bellecita (c/o 2015)
  • Devonne (c/o 2003)
  • Genie (c/o 2002)
  • Naia (c/o 2000)
  • Lil Redhead (c/o 2000)
I do have some of both Bellecita and Genie, but they're from galleries contributed to Soles of Silk and I wanted to feature images from numerous sets, if possible. I can pluck out a couple from my site, however. 

If you have any larger, high resolution images, of any of those listed above, please get in touch with me. I'd like to get some variety on these ladies pages. And I do realize that the majority of these inductees weren't posting in the modern era of HD and larger file sizes, if you will. I'm just trying to avoid images so small they're not really worth posting. So whatever you have, please let me know.



I also made sure to download the old Hall of Fame photos Wu had on his original page. I haven't included them, but am thinking that maybe I should? Perhaps within the gallery section, or in it's own little section. What do you think? It is only two images for each inductee, like the ones of Lil Redhead above.

Words From Peers & Fans
This section has some praise for each inductee from people in the online foot fetish community. It includes other webmasters, producers, and Wu's Feet Links Forum members. I put out a request for people to assist me with this and a number of people came through. It's not too late, if you'd like to toss out a few words for any of the inductees. I'll take them for another month or so.

So that's where I currently sit. I know this blog came a few days late again, but I wanted to touch base with everyone and give a progress report. As I said above, I'm looking for ideas, contributions, and especially photos. So get in touch with me if any of this is something you can assist with.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Coming Soon - The Wu's Feet Links Hall of Fame Blog

This screenshot, from JBvideo.com, features WFLHoF c/o 2000 member, Janet Mason.




Let me start this blog off by being 100 percent honest. I, Patrick, dropped the ball with the Wu's Feet Links Hall of Fame (WFLHoF) project I pitched last year. If you remember, I decided around this time last summer that it had been way too long since the WFLHoF was updated and it deserved to be reintroduced. I came up with a whole plan of attack that included how many candidates would be eligible, who they would be nominated by, and how those candidates would be voted upon. Believe it or not, it was smooth sailing up until that point. Where I fumbled was in the post vote planning. 

After the voting had concluded, I made mention of all those elected to the WFLHoF Class of 2015. Those people turned out to be: Wu, Little Dee, Bellecita, Erotic Nikki, and Goddess Brianna. The class was so large because it had been 10 years since the last person was inducted (Sexy Lexi c/o 2005). The WFLHoF committee and I also thought it was a good idea to include Wu automatically, for obvious reasons. At this point, things were still working out pretty well.

Once all the voting and mentions of the winners had occurred, I began to think how this hall of fame (HOF) should be added to Wu's Feet Links itself. At first I figured we'd just add the original page back, but make some edits. The small boxes just saying the person's name, site address, and three photos would be expanded upon. Maybe something like how Wu's old feature model section was laid out? 

Since I'm not the one designing and/or maintaining the main site itself, however, I saw that as potentially problematic. I wanted to be able to get things done when I had the time and not have to pile things onto Phil and BHE. I know they have their plates full. Still, I moved on with my plan and continued forward.

At this point I began to kick around some new ideas. I figured each person should have their own page that featured a few elements. Those items would include all the basic information, a small photo gallery, links to their sites and social media, and the final item, a few words from their peers. I put out a request to people to say a few words about people they were familiar with, or remember fondly. A good many of you came through for me, but the process did take some time. That's to be expected when you're asking people to write a few statements, to a few paragraphs, worth of their thoughts. For those of you who helped, thank you!

And this is where I've been sitting for months...

In the back of my mind I've constantly thought about this, but along with those thoughts I've also had to think about Soles of Silk, my full time job, and writing columns and conducting interviews for Wu's. It was always something I just kept saying, "I'll get to it." Well, it's time to "get to it!"

What I've decided to do is create a third blog that will link to Wu's Feet Links - just like this Columns Blog and the Interviews Blog. I will copy the same structure and design to it that you see on those blogs. From there, I will begin adding in all the HOF members to the year of their inductions.

I don't think this will take me too long and will be much easier in the long run. I don't want to have to pass design ideas and page elements over to BHE to handle. They've been kicking ass with keeping Wu's Feet Links up to date, so I want to keep helping however I can and do my part. These blogs are pretty easy to create, especially since I have the layouts done from the other two. And since these won't be a monthly thing, updating them once a year, won't be too much work.

In closing I just want to say thank you for all the support everyone has given me in helping with anything and everything related to Wu's Feet Links. I wish I could dedicate even more time than I already do. Please know that I'm still here, but I do have a lot on my plate. Once this new blog has been added, expect an announcement on the forums and on Wu's Feet Links itself. When that is done, we can begin the process of picking the next class to go into the WFLHoF.

Erotic Nikki was part of the 2015 class of the WFLHoF.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Wu's Feature Sets & Why They're Important to Me

Mindee will be the feature model for July 2016, something of great importance to me.


In 2005, less than a year after Soles of Silk opened, Wu approached me about the possibility of doing a feature model set for his site. I asked him what it entailed and by the end of our short conversation, I was 100 percent on board. And every time he would go on to ask me afterward, I couldn't say yes quick enough.

It didn't take long for me to realize how many new eyes were brought to my work and models from having a new feature model set posted to Wu's Feet Links. Memberships rose, emails became more frequent, and I saw more and more people posting on my threads in the Wu's Feet Links Forum. Due to this, these sets have become ones I would start planning months, if not a year in advance.

From 2005-13, Wu asked me a total of eight times to do a set for his feature section. The fact that he kept asking me was humbling. I always had so much respect for the man and cherished the chance to showcase my work on his site. It didn't even bother me that he had a rule to have the sets in feature model section to be exclusive to his site. His site is the only one I've ever given any exclusive sets to that weren't also featured on Soles of Silk. I had that much admiration for the man.

Sadly, in 2014, Wu passed away. For months we were left with questions as his site was no longer updated. Once Phil, from BHE, learned and shared the news of his death, I went to him about the prospect of getting Wu's Feet Links back up and running in some capacity. One of the sections I most wanted to see back up was the Feature Models section.

Phil and I worked on a game plan that saw some automation of site functions take place. He gave me the responsibility to come up with a feature model calendar moving forward, which made me happy. And although it might sound selfish, I wanted the first set of the relaunched Wu's Feet Links to be one of mine. Wu had done a ton for me and I wanted to do something for him and his legacy. I talked to Olivia (one of my models), told her the story, and she was flattered that I picked her for something so important to me.

So in July 2014, Wu's Feet Links started back up and Olivia's set, "Back to Business," was appropriately published, with a title ever so appropriate. From that point on, I have penciled in foot models and sites from around the web to take part. There have been so many great sets from so many talented people. I thank all of you who have taken part for your assistance in the months and years that have followed the relaunch.

In 2015, and coming soon here in 2016, with Mindee's set teased above, I have had other feature sets that would follow Olivia's. I still get excited about having a set featured and still go out of my way to figure out a theme or location for them. I take a lot of pride in these sets - always have, always will. I have even already asked one of my models to do one in 2017, even though it's far off at this point. That model is Alice. She quickly said yes. 

Alice has already helped me with a column for the Wu's Feet Links Columns Blog and was the focal point of an interview on the Wu's Feet Links Interviews Blog. Needless to say, she loves doing this and I couldn't think of anyone more perfect to do the next year's. Here are links to her the column and her interview if you'd like to check them out, or if you haven't already:


Even though I take so much pride in carrying on the feature section, and being a part of it each year since the relaunch, I would honestly trade it in to have Wu back and assigning me a month again. I miss seeing his feedback when I'd send over the sets. His critique was always the most important to me.

As Wu's Feet Links continues to move forward, I will be actively seeking future feature sets. If you have any interest, please, by all means shoot me an email at footphotographer@yahoo.com. I already have a few people lined up for the rest of 2016, but some openings are available.

Before I wrap things up here, I want to leave you a few links. I have listed each and every Soles of Silk model feature below. There are links to both their set as well as a blog chronicling each on the Soles of Silk Blog. I thought some of you might like to see the backstories that went into each of these sets. They further show just how dedicated I have been, and remain to doing these for Wu's Feet Links:

* Links coming later this week once the set is published!